Thursday, June 30, 2016

Keeping it Contained in Castiglion Fiorentino




   During our last week in Italy I meandered through the streets of what I now consider my Italian “hometown” and soaked in the sights, colors, and sounds of Castiglion Fiorentino. The numerous shades of green are not contained to the rolling hillsides but spill out onto the winding streets and window sills of this town in various forms. One common way the locals incorporate green throughout the streets is by container gardening.
   Castiglion Fiorentino is built on a hill, like most cities in Tuscany, so the inhabited areas are dense. This makes the area on the hill left for gardens and green space within the town extremely limited. The many types of plants in the pots and window boxes soften the hard lines of the stone walls and roads. They also add a nice pop of color to the drab shades of stone.